David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is a great movie. Okay, I haven’t read Stieg Larsson’s book or watched the original Swedish film to say where it fits in getting across the story, but it’s still a great adult Hollywood thriller – in a time when there are very, very few great adult Hollywood thrillers.
The film made a smidgen over $100 million at the US box office and $232 million globally. That’s a decent enough number considering the gritty source material, but not exactly the sort of bank that Sony wanted considering the rather hefty $90 million budget. The studio is gearing up the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire but it looks like they might be willing to drop Daniel Craig from the line-up.
Sony wants to spend less money on the sequel and they would like Daniel Craig to take a pay cut. However, Craig is just off the billion dollar box office success of the James Bond film, Skyfall and his agents are angling for more cash. The studio apparently has a production ready draft of the script by Steven Zaillian, but they are willing to commission a rewrite, deleting Craig’s Mikael Blomkvist if they can’t make a deal.
Rooney Mara is all set to return and even Fincher is mulling over directing duties again.
Come on guys – sort it out. Offer Craig a bigger piece of the backend or something.